27 Nov

Our second week of isolation has just ended and it has been a rollercoaster of emotions, work being completed and meeting up virtually with all.

Remote learning continued and the work you have done has been great!

Matthew did some work around how you may answer certain questions during an interview and out of all the answers he gave, this answer stood out to me the most:

That attitude of wanting to work and be a valued member of a team is what Future Finders is all about and we hope we will get you there Matthew!

Lewis began his work on his Using Email unit, whilst still maintaining his placement, demonstrating a great work ethic.

We all took part in a virtual get together, working on topics that we can use for debates to improve our speaking and listening. We discussed what skills and qualities we need to do this, from listening skills, positivity and being respectful, to being confident in what we are doing – all of which apply to being on our way to work ready.

Miss Asbury has an update for us on our English sessions..

As the challenges of 2020 continue and many students and staff are working virtually, it has been amazing to see our students adapting to this new way of college life. It takes great dedication to show up online and complete tasks at home; some of our students have shown great determination, resilience and maturity which makes us so proud! I would like to give a huge shout out to our Pre-Internship group, Future Finders and Bridging the Gap whose attendance online for English has been fantastic!

We have continued our work on the Grenfell Tower tragedy and written our letters to Boris Johnson. It has been great to join up our learning with the recent developments in the news this week and our students now have lots of informed opinions on this subject. Knowledge is power and we have been learning the importance of having a voice and becoming the change we wish to see in the world. Our students have done this and respected the opinions of others which has been great to witness.

I have also been noticing some hidden artistic talents in our students as they performed their speeches to Mr Johnson as if they were in parliament. Moreover, it’s been a privilege to see our students growing, being flexible to change and having a go! As they say… the show must go on! Keep going, folks!

In our Maths sessions, learners have been looking at Perimeter and Area. Here is just one of the worksheets we have been working on:

I will leave in the information from last week around times tables in this week’s blog. This way you can continue to practice!

https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/hit-the-button

Just a reminder that some of you have placements starting next week – our Job Coaches have been in touch with those that it involves. Be prepared! Remember your warm clothes, dinners and make sure you arrive on time, your overalls and working boots are waiting for you!

To finish off, I would like to say thank you to a couple of people:

Firstly, to the students, for trying your best, for having a go at the work sent, for handling everything that has been thrown at you over the last 2 weeks – be proud!

Then secondly, to our parents. Now I have been in a position myself where I have had to do home schooling, looking at Art, Maths, Science. A lot of the knowledge around this was locked away in a box in the back of my brain, where I thought, why would I ever need to know about the periodic tables, elements, atoms, algebra and equations again. Not only that, learners are taught in different ways to how I learnt, but still get the same answer. It can be stressful, but you have been amazing! Encouraging, guiding, communicating with us, supporting your young people and helping to work through things on the tasks sent. So thank you!!

I look forward to seeing you all back at 9am at College on Monday!

Have a great weekend!

Anne-Marie and the Team

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